Victorian Fashion: Real or Not?
with Susan J. Jerome

Queen Victoria and the Victorian Age give rise to images of women swathed in yards and yard of fabric, proper bonnets on the head, gloves on the hands and tightly-corseted waists. We also think of children dressed like little adults and men in dark frock coats and stiff white shirts But is this a true understanding of the fashions worn during the Victorian era?

Queen Victoria, by inheriting the throne at an early age and living into her 80s, endowed much of the nineteenth century with her name. She reigned during a time of great advancements in science and social beliefs. Social, technological, and political changes are reflected in the notable evolution of women’s, children’s, and men’s clothing.

This powerpoint program explores the many changes that occurred throughout the Victorian era and how these influenced fashion. We will look at what was stylish – real or otherwise – during this most fashionable time.

Susan J. Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection. She earned her MS degree from the University of Rhode Island, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. Prior to continuing her education, she worked for a number of years at Mystic Seaport Museum. Ms. Jerome also works as a textile and quilt conservator and a consultant to museums and historical societies.

Wednesday, October 4, 7 – 8 pm

Registration is required

The Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street